Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
M31   Hume Motorway & Hume Highway (M31) - Yass to Gundagai

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General Information:

The Hume Highway is one of Australia's most vital highway links. Providing access between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's 2 largest cities. The National Highway section of the Hume Highway consists of 100% dual carriageway road, either rural expressway or motorway standard.

In NSW, the highway in one form or another started life as the Great South Road, linking Sydney with the southern highlands and eventually beyond. The highway was named in 1928 after Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), a famous explorer in the early 19th century who, in 1824, in conjunction with William Hovell first found an overland route between Sydney and the infant colonial outpost of Port Phillip, the original name of Melbourne.

M31 is the main freight and commuter route between Sydney and Melbourne and has gone through a massive amount of transformation over the past 30 or so years, with many towns being bypassed along its route as well and gradual upgrades to motorway standards. Since the 1960s, the road has either been duplicated, where alignments allow for it, and also large deviations have also been part of the upgrade process.

The route around the Mittagong area averages around 16,000 vehicles every day, in other sections the number drops off a little or closer to Sydney increases.2

The route forms the Remembrance Driveway which honours war veterans, click here for the Remembrance Driveway web site.

Here are some interesting statistics on the Hume Highway: 1

History (Covers current alignment and previous alignments, which may be now under another route number):

Click here for photos of the former alignment between Yass and Gundagai

Yass to Gundagai   Gundagai to Yass
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Advance Directional Sign :
AD sign approaching Lachlan Valley Way (B81) at Bowning, September 2013. Note the missing B81 route number from the sign, this has since been rectified.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at South Gundagai near Jessops Lagoon Rd approaching the Gocup Rd interchange, October 2013.

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Advance Directional Sign :
AD sign approaching Lachlan Valley Way (B81) at Bowning, September 2013. Note the missing B81 route number from the sign, this has since been rectified.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign approaching the Gocup Rd interchange at South Gundagai, March 2015.

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Lachlan Valley Way :
Hume Hwy (M31) at Bowning at the Lachlan Valley Way (B81) junction, September 2013. Note the missing B81 route number from the sign, this has since been rectified.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at South Gundagai approaching Gocup Rd, March 2015.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Mount St, South Gundagai approaching Gocup Rd and Hume Hwy (M31) interchange, October 2013.

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  Gocup Road:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Gocup Rd interchange, South Gundagai, March 2015.

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      Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Gocup Rd interchange at South Gundagai, October 2013.

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  Services Sign & Gocup Road Interchange:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Gocup Rd interchange, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Gocup Rd interchange at South Gundagai, October 2013.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the Gocup Rd interchange at South Gundagai, October 2013.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at South Gundagai approaching Sherdian St, March 2015.

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  Murrumbidgee River:
Sheahans Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River, South Gundagai, March 2015.

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  Sheridan Street:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Sheridan St interchange, Gundagai, October 2013.

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  O'Hagan Street:
Hume Hwy (M31) as it passes under O'Hagan St (former Safe-T-Cam site) at Gundagai, March 2015.

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  West Street:
Hume Hwy (M31) as it passes under West St, Gundagai, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign for the Dog On The Tuckerbox service centre, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Gundagai approaching Annie Pyers Dr (former Hume Hwy), March 2015.

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  Annie Pyers Drive:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Annie Pyers Dr at Gundagai, March 2015.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign facing Annie Pyers Dr at Gundagai, March 2015.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign facing Annie Pyers Dr at Gundagai, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the heavy vehicle checking station at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Start Variable Speed Limit Zone:
Hume Hwy at Coolac at the beginning of the variable speed limit zone approaching the heavy vehicle checking station, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the heavy vehicle checking station at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Heavy Vehicle Signage:
Heavy vehicle signage approaching the heavy vehicle checking station at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Default Speed Limit Signs:
Default speed limit signage indicating speed limit when variable signs are not working, March 2015.

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  Heavy Vehicle Checking Station:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Coolac heavy vehicle checking station, March 2015.

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  Heavy Vehicle Checking Station:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Coolac heavy vehicle checking station, March 2015.

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  End Variable Speed Limit Zone:
Hume Hwy at Coolac at the end of the variable speed limit zone approaching the heavy vehicle checking station, March 2015.

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  Heavy Vehicle Signage:
Heavy vehicle signage approaching the heavy vehicle checking station at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Coolac Road:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Coolac Rd (former Hume Hwy) interchange at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Coolac approaching Muttama Rd interchange, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign approaching Muttama Rd interchange, Coolac, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Coolac approaching Muttama Rd interchange, March 2015.

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  Muttama Road:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Muttama Rd interchange, Coolac, March 2015.

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  Muttama Road:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Muttama Rd interchange, Coolac, March 2015.

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  Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Tourism Region Distance Sign:
Tourism region distance sign at Coolac, March 2015.

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  Bypassed Town Sign:
Bypassed town sign approaching Harden Rd at Jugiong, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign approaching Harden Rd at Jugiong, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Jugiong approaching Harden Rd interchange, March 2015.

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  Harden Road:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the Harden Road interchange, Jugiong, March 2015.

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  Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign aat Jugiong, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bookham approaching Illalong Rd and Childowla Rd, March 2015.

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  Illalong Road & Childowla Road:
ID signs at the corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Childowla Rd at Bookham, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign approaching Conroy St, Bookham, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Conroy St at Bookham, March 2015.

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  Conroy Street:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Conroy St at Bookham, March 2015.

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  Conroy Street:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Conroy St at Bookham, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bookham approaching Burrinjuck Rd, March 2015.

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  Burrinjuck Road:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) Burrinjuck Rd, March 2015.

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  Conroys Gap:
Hume Hwy (M31) as it crosses Conroys Gap at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bowning approaching Burley Griffin Way (B94), March 2015.

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  Burley Griffin Way:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Burley Griffin Way (B94) at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign at Bowning approaching Bowning Rd, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
Advance directional sign at Bowning approaching Bowning Rd, March 2015.

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  Bowning Road:
Corner of Hume Hwy (M31) and Bowning Rd at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign at Bowning for the Yass Service Centre, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bowning approaching Lachlan Valley Way (B81), March 2015.

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  Bypassed Town Sign:
Bypassed town sign at Bowning approaching Yass Valley Way, March 2015.

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  Lachlan Valley Way:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the junction with Lachlan Valley Way (B81) at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Lachlan Valley Way:
Hume Hwy (M31) at the junction with Lachlan Valley Way (B81) at Bowning, March 2015.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Bowning approaching Yass Valley Way, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign at Bowning approaching Yass Valley Way, March 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bowning approaching Yass Valley Way, March 2015.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign at Bowning for the Yass Service Centre, March 2015.

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Click here for the continuation of M31 between Gundagai and Holbrook
Click here for the continuation of M31 between Goulburn and Yass

1 Roads and Maritime Services
2 Department of Main Roads. The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN 0 7240 0439 4
3 Roads and Maritime Services, RMS achievements in transport infrastructure projects

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